New Week, Triple Steal, Deep Writing

Saturday was not the best of nights for the TinCaps as they lost 11-2 to Bowling Green at Parkview Field. Here’s how it breaks down:

Saturday’s loss either set or tied several marks for the TinCaps. The 11 runs were the most surrendered in one game, and the seven runs given up in the eighth were the most scored by an opponent in one frame this year. The nine-run margin of defeat tied a mark set earlier this year against Burlington. The four errors tied a season high. Fort Wayne’s three base hits tied the season low for hits in a single game. The four extra base hits by Bowling Green tied a season high allowed by Fort Wayne, as did the seven walks given up by TinCaps pitching.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, Lee Orr and Yeison Asencio did hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, which was really fun to see as the crowd got into the ballgame early on. It was the fifth home run of the year for Orr, who is now tied for the team lead with Austin Hedges. Today is the 50th game of the year for the TinCaps and Orr has only played in 12. He’s got power, folks.

Matt Wisler takes on Roberto Gomez tonight at 7:05. These two squared off last Monday, and the TinCaps edged the Hot Rods for a 4-3 win. Wisler went four innings, and thus wasn’t eligible for a win. He allowed two runs on seven hits. Gomez took the loss in that game, allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Fort Wayne will seek to snap a two-game skid tonight.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear as Fort Wayne Manager Jose Valentin describes where things went wrong for the TinCaps on Saturday night:

TRIPLE STEAL

Yesterday, I brought you a fantastic catch that featured an outfielder flying over an outfield wall to save a home run. Today a run does score in the video, and it’s on the rarest of stolen base plays:

DEEP WRITING

Each morning when I wake up, I scour Twitter to see what’s been left behind from the night before and what good things there might be to check out for the coming day. This piece in The New York Times by Bobby Ojeda struck me as the best that I’ve read in quite a while.

The lefty, who won a title with the Mets in 1986, now works as an analyst for the Mets’ TV network, SNY. He retired in 2004, but the memories which he writes about in this story are vivid. It’s a story of pain, struggle and a desire to succeed. If you’ve got ten minutes while you’re lounging by the pool today, check to make sure that your kids have re-applied their sunscreen, and then make sure you read this story.

“I have no regrets. Would I change some things? Sure. Who wouldn’t, but that’s not how the game or life works. Once a pitch is thrown, you don’t get it back. As for the pain and the lying and the treatments and operations? I signed on for that. No one forced me, and in some weird way, I enjoyed it — not the problems but the burning desire to play through them.

To get to play a game for a living? Are you kidding me? Sign me and my left arm up again. Actually, maybe me and my right arm. I’ve never iced it once.”

Click here to read the piece.

MUSICAL GUEST

Tom Petty…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

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